Who Is the Narrator’s Audience?

Here’s a twist on narrative point-of-view that most authors seem to let slip through the cracks. We all talk about who the narrator is. But who is she talking to? Who is that narrator’s audience? I’m not asking about the writer’s audience, which might be different than the narrator’s audience. The writer is obviously writing […]

Reading Your Characters’ Minds: Picking the Right Voice

This is the third part in my series on narrative mode. I wrote about narrative voice briefly some months ago, in the context of narrative mode. To review, narrative mode has three components: Person – First (“I”), second (“you”), or third (“he”). Tense – Past, present, or future. Voice – Objective, Limited, or Omniscient (I’ll […]

Your Story’s Point of View: Picking the Right Person

Picking the right person… No, this is not about dating. This is about narrative person, which I wrote about briefly in the context of narrative mode. I mentioned a few narrative modes and how they were used by their authors. To review, narrative mode has three components: Person – First (“I”), second (“you”), or third […]

When Is Your Narrator?: Picking the Right Tense

What to do with tense? I wrote about this briefly a few months ago, in the context of narrative mode, and I mentioned a few narrative modes and how they were used by their authors. But how do you pick a tense to use? To review, narrative mode has three components: Person – First (“I”), […]

Making Sense of Narrative Mode (and Tense)

Sometimes writers talk about what “tense” they’re writing in: third-person past, first-person present, or whatever. This is actually called “narrative mode,” not just tense. The tense is the past, present, or future part of the narrative mode. And the narrative mode encompasses more than just person and tense.